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No matter what size your company is, you have to defend it against malware attacks, spyware infestations, and hackers. Your company may also have to meet the requirements of at least one legal or regulatory framework. It is a simple fact that your business needs security and data protection tools.

Symantec has a comprehensive lineup of industry-leading security and data protection tools available for small and medium-size businesses. Those tools are available in various forms—as software, as an appliance, or as a cloud-based approach, each with its own set of pros and cons—and it is up to you to determine the right one for your business.

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Business Continuity 101

Businesses rely on information technology to drive communication, collaboration, and productivity. But that dependence can quickly become a serious handicap in the event of a major system crash or natural disaster.

How long can your business last without access to mission-critical applications or data? How much money does your business stand to lose for every hour your workers sit idle, unable to deliver products or services to customers?

You don't want to learn the answers to those questions through bitter experience. Instead, you need to have a solid business continuity plan in place to ensure that your business can rebound and carry on as quickly as possible.

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Take the Pain Out of Growth

Your business will grow: more customers, more challenges, more work. That means hiring more employees, managing more PCs, and protecting more data as well.

What happens if you suddenly need to add ten users tomorrow? What will you do if the amount of data you need to back up suddenly doubles? Is your IT infrastructure agile enough to shift gears quickly, or will it be a stumbling block for your business’s growth?

Assess your IT security and data-protection needs. Consider the impact on those tools as your business grows, and make sure your infrastructure can keep up with your business. With Symantec.cloud services, you can develop a strategy for growth and avoid the pitfalls.

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Think Bigger

The operative word in small business is business. Your PCs are the engine that drives your business, and your data is the fuel that keeps it going. You can’t afford to trust the protection of your PCs and data to security solutions meant for consumers.

Whether your company is just you or has 50 employees, it has business IT needs, with business security demands, and it requires business-grade protection like the security solutions offered by Symantec.cloud.

Business-grade problems need business-grade solutions. When it comes to security, in particular, a consumer solution simply won’t do. You have to plan for the future and implement protection that can grow with your business, yet still be managed and maintained efficiently.

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The No-IT Guide to Business Security

A business is a business. Although small and medium-size businesses generally don’t have an IT admin—never mind a staffed IT department—they still have to deal with security threats, manage risk, and maintain compliance with regulatory and industry security mandates, just like their larger counterparts.

Implementing effective security and data protection in-house requires a network infrastructure and servers for the security solutions to run on. Of course, those devices and related software need to be managed and maintained as well, and that takes IT skills and resources most small businesses don’t have.

By using cloud-based services such as Symantec.cloud, small and medium businesses can employ enterprise-grade tools on an SMB budget and leave the maintenance of the back-end hardware to Symantec as part of the package.

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Strategic Security Primer for the C-Level

Information security is like a foreign language to most people. Larger organizations have IT and security administrators fluent in security-speak to sort it all out and make sure everything is properly protected, but managers in smaller organizations are left to translate this lingo on their own.

When small companies start out, they generally just wing it. But eventually the company grows, and someone is assigned the role of managing IT and making sure it is secure. If you are that person in your organization, it would be helpful to understand the basic risks and threats you’ll encounter and some of the tools at your disposal. This security primer will put you on the right path.

Risks and Threats

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Secure Your Mobile Workforce

Mobile computing is eroding the concept of the traditional office. More workers are choosing to telecommute, and these remote users are often connected to the Internet 24/7—checking email, accessing data and applications, using social media services, and surfing the Web.

It is expected that by 2013 more than one-third of the global workforce will be mobile, and a study by Gartner found that 45 percent of workers in the United States work outside the traditional office at least eight hours per week.

There are many benefits to a mobile workforce. It allows businesses to simultaneously cut costs and increase productivity. Bad weather or a child with the sniffles used to mean an employee missed a day of work, but when he or she can connect from anywhere, productivity takes a much smaller hit. However, a mobile workforce also introduces unique security concerns, and businesses need tools like Symantec.cloud services to protect that workforce.

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